Venus and Jupiter (and Aldebaran and the Pleiades) This Morning, July 11, 2012

Venus and Jupiter appear as bright Morning Stars in the eastern sky at 4 a.m. CDT on July 11, 2012 in this 20 second exposure as seen in the Chicago area. Notice that Venus and Aldebaran are nearly the same height above the horizon. Compare today’s view with the scene two days ago.  The Pleiades star cluster is visible above Jupiter.

Watch the planetary pair in the morning sky throughout this month. Read more about Venus as a Morning Star.  For our monthly sky watching posting, click here.  (Click the image to see it larger.)

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